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Dutch sparkle in second half

Published: Saturday 7 June 2003, 22.00CET
Belarus 0-2 Netherlands Patrick Kluivert sets a new scoring record as Dutch go top of Group 3.
Published: Saturday 7 June 2003, 22.00CET

Dutch sparkle in second half

Belarus 0-2 Netherlands Patrick Kluivert sets a new scoring record as Dutch go top of Group 3.

The Netherlands moved ahead of the Czech Republic at the top of UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying Group 3 on Saturday thanks to a 2-0 victory against Belarus.

Moments of class
The Dutch, who lost 1-0 on their last trip to Minsk in a qualifying match for EURO 96™, could be usurped as section leaders when the Czechs face Moldova at home on Wednesday but two moments of class from Marc Overmars and Patrick Kluivert after the break secured three points from a game where the visitors had looked less than the sum of their parts in the opening period.

Advocaat on Reiziger
Dutch coach Dick Advocaat admitted afterwards he was not happy with some of his players. "Michael Reiziger hardly gave any support to our midfield and that was our weakness in the first half," he said of the FC Barcelona defender who was substituted at half-time. "With Paul Bosvelt on in place of Reiziger in the second half we took control and other players like Clarence Seedorf and Phillip Cocu did what I expected from them.

'Not satisfied'
"We came here to win and we did, but I am not satisfied about the way we played. We prepared ourselves professionally and we knew how our opponents would play, so it is disappointing to see how some of my players failed to do what they were told."

Purposeful start
Despite playing a behind-closed-doors friendly against AFC Ajax last week, the Netherlands lacked sharpness and imagination in the first half against a team they overcame 3-0 in Eindhoven in September. The home side, roared on by their supporters, began the match purposefully, making several promising incursions on both flanks.

Two misses
The Dutch only fashioned their first chance in the 21st minute, Seedorf driving centimetres over after finding space for himself on the right side of the area. Jaap Stam then shot high over the bar when he had the time inside the box to compose himself and pick his spot.

Creative struggle
Mark van Bommel was the only other Dutchman to threaten early on, squeezing a weak shot from the edge of the D which was too central to trouble goalkeeper Gennadi Tumilovich. But if the Dutch were struggling to impose themselves so too were Belarus, who failed to force a save from the unruffled Edwin van der Sar.

Superb goal
Clearly fired up by Advocaat's half-time team talk, Kluivert went close in the 52nd minute, drawing a fine stop from Tumilovich, who blocked again from the rebound which fell to Cocu. Overmars opened the scoring immediately after replacing Giovanni van Bronckhorst in the 64th minute, jinking in from the right and holding off several challenges before drilling into the top corner from outside the box.

Kluivert precision
The spectacular strike galvanised the visitors, who doubled their lead when Seedorf's angled ball from the right was collected by Kluivert and delicately chipped in. The Barcelona forward had taken up the perfect position, timing his run majestically, and the lob moved him past Dennis Bergkamp and on to a Dutch record 38 international goals.

Next game
The Netherlands' next match is at home to Austria on 6 September, while Belarus face the same opposition away on Wednesday.

Last updated: 08/06/03 1.05CET

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Lineups

Belarus

Belarus

Netherlands

Netherlands

1
TumilovichGennadi Tumilovich (GK)
1
Van der SarEdwin van der Sar (GK)
2
KulchiyAleksandr Kulchiy
2
ReizigerMichael Reiziger
Substitution46
3
OstrovskiAndrei Ostrovski
3
StamJaap Stam
4
LukhvichAleksandr Lukhvich
4
F. de BoerFrank de Boer (C)
5
ShtaniukSergei Shtaniuk
Substitution90
5
Van BronckhorstGiovanni van Bronckhorst
Substitution60
6
GurenkoSergei Gurenko (C)
6
Van BommelMark van Bommel
7
ShuneikoVladimir Shuneiko
7
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
8
BelkevichValentin Belkevich
8
CocuPhillip Cocu
9
RomashchenkoMaksim Romashchenko
Substitution51
9
Van NistelrooyRuud van Nistelrooy
Yellow Card43
Substitution76
10
LavrikAndrei Lavrik
10
KluivertPatrick Kluivert
Goal68
11
KutuzovVitali Kutuzov
11
ZendenBoudewijn Zenden

Substitutes

12
TsygalkoYuri Tsygalko (GK)
16
WaterreusRonald Waterreus (GK)
13
KovbaDenis Kovba
13
BosveltPaul Bosvelt
Substitution46
15
HlebAleksandr Hleb
Substitution51
15
Van der VaartRafael van der Vaart
Substitution76
16
OmelyanchukSergei Omelyanchuk
Substitution90
18
OvermarsMarc Overmars
Substitution60
Goal61
14
KhrapkouskiAliaksandr Khrapkouski
12
MakaayRoy Makaay
17
VasilyukRoman Vasilyuk
14
R. de BoerRonald de Boer
18
TsyhalkaMaksim Tsyhalka
17
Van HooijdonkPierre van Hooijdonk

Coach

Edouard Malofeev (URS) Dick Advocaat (NED)

Referee

Tom Henning Øvrebø (NOR)

Assistant referees

Roe Vidar Lien (NOR), Erik Ræstad (NOR)

Fourth official

Per Ivar Staberg (NOR)

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